My first encounter with Okey Dokey was at the Library Ballroom in Macon during the 2017 Bragg Jam. The Nashville-based band was entirely new to me, but I became an immediate fan of their freewheeling psych rock.
Earlier this year, Okey Dokey had a similar effect on a big crowd at Barrelhouse South during Savannah Stopover, and now the festival is bringing the band back for a July 7 gig with Babe Club at El-Rocko Lounge, 117 Whitaker St.
This is the second in a series of shows Stopover and parent company MusicFile Productions are staging at El-Rocko — that’s an exciting collaboration, especially during the slower summer months.
Okey Dokey is fronted by Aaron Martin of Sol Cat and Johny Fisher, guitarist for The Weeks. They will be playing El-Rocko’s makeshift stage as a five-piece.
Charleston-based Babe Club consists of Jenna Desmond and Corey Campbell, both of whom play with SUSTO. In 2017, the Charleston Post and Courier dubbed Babe Club one of the “duos to know” in the Holy City. This will be Babe Club’s Savannah debut.
Advance tickets ($10) for this 21-and-up show are available via Ticketfly and at El-Rocko. There should also be tickets available at the door.
Looking ahead, Savannah Stopover and MusicFile Productions have booked the Willie Jackson Blues Band for 6 p.m. July 13 at El-Rocko Lounge.
The recent early show with Tyrone Cotton at El-Rocko was a big success, so it’s great to see the folks at Savannah Stopover and the bar working together again. I hear a lot of live music fans complain about the lateness of shows in Savannah, so I hope some will support these new efforts to get touring acts on stage earlier.
And speaking of early gigs, B&D Burgers at 209 W. Congress St. sold out last week’s wonderful Futurebirds show, so you might want to buy tickets in advance for upcoming performances by Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra on July 31 and Houndmouth on Aug. 29.
Look for stories about these upcoming shows here in Do.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.